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Birth Of The Living Dead (2013)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
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n 1968 a young college drop-out and aspiring filmmaker named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and invented the modern movie zombie, which has spawned legions of films, books, comics, and video games, generating billions of dollars. Night of the Living Dead is not only internationally recognized as an art film, revered for its groundbreaking treatment of American race relations and


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Jan 7, 2014


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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

Basically a glamorized DVD extra, but it entertains.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Fans won't learn much from it that they didn't already know.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Mr. Romero, manifesting a self-effacing demeanor and sensible humanity, is a most agreeable raconteur.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Kuhns makes time for political insights, provocative montages of race riots cut with the movie's hick militia, and the comments of owlish Romero himself, who recounts the shoot like the enthusiastic 27-year-old he was.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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What distinguishes this doc from much of the tedious critical prose Romero has inspired is the fan-boy and fan-girl ardor that fuels its smarts - both behind and in front of the camera.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Rob Kuhns's amusing but perfunctory documentary about the origins of the 1968 ur-text of zombiedom, George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead."

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Birth of the Living Dead does not uproot the order of behind-the-scenes documentaries, but the great likelihood that this film will send viewers right back to Romero's original with eyes reopened is a mark of its considerable success.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Divider
Film Divider

A reminder that this zombie flick was as much a product of its time as "Easy Rider" or "The Graduate".

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

Sweet and simple, Birth of the Living Dead is a nostalgic, informative trip back to the origins of the modern zombie, featuring a George A. Romero who is as spry and entertaining as ever.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

What works here is enthusiasm, enjoying a wealth of appreciation presented to a worthy production, reinforcing its status as a groundbreaking picture that reverberates to this day.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source:

Ultimately, Birth Of The Living Dead is little more than a glorified DVD featurette, but it's the kind of featurette that most Romero fans probably wouldn't mind watching more than once.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The film is unavoidably slight, but there's a certain pleasure in watching talented people wax passionate about a common source of inspiration.

November 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Sheds light on Dead's own strange parallel journey from grindhouse to born-again arthouse immortal classic. And these voracious monsters embodying collective social anxieties in reality, and related back biting, dog-eat-dog capitalism's creepy context.

November 2, 2013 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

You don't need to be a fan of zombie movies to appreciate this documentary.

November 2, 2013 Full Review Source:

Birth of a Zombie-Loving Nation. Insightful, funny.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The Birth of the modern zombie film wasn't scary. It was downright hilarious, according to this smart new doc.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

A short but sweet look at an iconic cinema masterpiece...

October 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The movie appreciates that 'Night of the Living Dead' is the Bo Diddley beat of horror -- the iteration that launched a million copycats.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

At 73, Romero himself is still a hoot, making me think a full documentary on the man and his career is long overdue.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

An engaging doc that merits its existence both from the legitimate perspective of academic-leaning film historians as well as more casual horror fans.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Birth Of The Living Dead

Must see documentary about the making of the iconic zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead. The film examines how the film was made, and how it became famous. Featuring interviews with those involved in the making of the film. As a fan of the classic film, I can say that I would recommend seeing this documentary if you want to know more about how this legendary horror film. I found that the interviews were very well done, and in depth, the only weak point of the film is that it's a bit too short. I think that the filmmakers should have interviewed fans of the film, and should have focused on its legacy a bit more, which of course they did talk about it, but they focused so little that it didn't seem too important. Nonetheless aside from that, it's great to see how Romero's classic spawned a new type of genre in the horror game. Fans should definitely watch this film, and it's one of the best documentaries in the horror genre. Aside from a few weak moments, in terms of its subject, this is really entertaining from start to finish, and it joins the ranks of other documentaries, like Never Sleep Again, His Name Was Jason, Crystal Lake Memories and Not Quite Hollywood that are quite entertaining and worth seeing for genre fans. Night of the Living Dead spawned the era of the modern zombie movie, and pushed the boundaries of terror into new and exciting territory. Informative, thrilling and exciting, despite a few shortcomings, Birth of the Living Dead is a very well crafted documentary that shouldn't be passed up if you enjoy George A. Romero's work.
January 5, 2014
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